The Astro camera mount is intended to make time-lapse photography accessible to anyone interested in cameras. It is designed to be inexpensive, durable, small enough to fit into your pocket, and easy to program. Its functions are accessed via a three-ringed control system, which is used to set the duration of the time lapse sequence (0.25-12 hours), the range of camera movement (0-360 degrees) and the interval at which photos are taken (0-60 seconds). Separate left and right buttons below the interval ring control the pan direction of the camera.
The tripod-mounted device is 3.15 x 1.18 inches in size and connects to the camera using a 2.5 mm socket. It runs at a maximum speed of six degrees per second and can hold up to five kg (11.02 lb) of equipment. The screw used to connect to the camera doubles as an on/off button. The device is powered by two AA batteries.
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Astro was the idea of Minnesota-based design company Mindarin. Its successful Kickstarter campaign raised US$413,000, making large-scale manufacture possible. With Mindarin’s original goal set at $50,000, the additional funds will be used to develop an intended smartphone app. It will offer features like continuous movement, high dynamic range settings, as well as other advanced functions.
The standard unit price for an Astro is $180, or $200 for a special edition version in black. It is scheduled for an October release date.
To learn more about Astro watch its designer, Oscar Ramirez, explain it in the Kickstarter video posted below.